Musa balbisiana

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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.wikipedia
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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.
Almost all modern edible seedless (parthenocarp) bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Musa acuminata

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It is one of the ancestors of modern cultivated bananas, along with Musa acuminata.
Many of the modern edible dessert bananas are from this species, although some are hybrids with Musa balbisiana.

List of banana cultivars

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List of banana cultivars
Almost all modern cultivated varieties (cultivars) of edible bananas and plantains are hybrids and polyploids of two wild, seeded banana species, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Luigi Aloysius Colla

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It was first scientifically described in 1820 by the Italian botanist Luigi Aloysius Colla.
In 1820 Colla described two species, Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata, that are the basis for almost all cultivated bananas.

Saba banana

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Natural parthenocarpic clones occur through polyploidy and produce edible bananas, examples of which are wild saba bananas.
The saba banana is a triploid (ABB) hybrid of the seeded bananas Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata.

Musa (genus)

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The giving of species names to what are actually very complex, largely asexual, hybrids (mostly of two species of wild bananas, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana) led to endless confusion in banana botany.

Domesticated plants and animals of Austronesia

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Domesticated plants and animals of Austronesia
They hybridized with other (possibly independently domesticated) subspecies of Musa acuminata as well as Musa balbisiana in the Philippines, northern New Guinea, and possibly Halmahera.

True plantains

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Musaceae

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It is known today that most cultivated seedless bananas are hybrids or polyploids of two wild banana species - Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Wild type

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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.

South Asia

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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.

Southeast Asia

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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.

China

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Musa balbisiana is a wild-type species of banana native to eastern South Asia, northern Southeast Asia, and southern China.

Botany

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It was first scientifically described in 1820 by the Italian botanist Luigi Aloysius Colla.

Inflorescence

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Flowers grow in inflorescences coloured red to maroon.

Philippines

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Seeded Musa balbisiana fruit are called butuhan ('with seeds') in the Philippines, and kluai tani in Thailand.

Thailand

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Seeded Musa balbisiana fruit are called butuhan ('with seeds') in the Philippines, and kluai tani in Thailand.

Parthenocarpy

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Natural parthenocarpic clones occur through polyploidy and produce edible bananas, examples of which are wild saba bananas.

Polyploidy

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Natural parthenocarpic clones occur through polyploidy and produce edible bananas, examples of which are wild saba bananas.

Flowering plant

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